Russia begins supplying assault boats to Africa

“Rosoboronexport” began supplying high-speed assault boats to an African country.This was reported in the press service of the company on Friday, April 10.

“Rosoboronexport” launched the implementation of the recently signed first foreign trade contract with a foreign customer from Sub-Saharan Africa for the supply of high-speed assault boats BK-10 project 02450 Kalashnikov,” says the report.

According to the head of Rosoboronexport, Alexander Mikheev, this contract was the first contract for the supply of products for the Russian Navy in Africa South of Sahara in the last 20 years.

“This is an undoubted success in the development of military-technical cooperation with countries in the region that is strategically important for Russia. We have been long and purposeful in developing relations with them and expanding the geography of the company’s presence on the African continent,” said Mikheev, adding that the Russia-Africa summit held in Sochi in October had a positive impact on Russian-Africa cooperation.

The BK-10 high-speed assault boat is designed to carry personnel, land landing on the coast, fire support the landing, fight piracy and terrorism and provide assistance to those in distress. Moreover, the boat has a high firepower – up to four machine guns of caliber from 7.62 mm to 12.7 mm, which greatly expands its range of application in its class, the press service said.

Ministry of Defense reported in November 2019 that Russia first supplied small arms to Gabon to combat poaching and to protect national reserves.

It was noted that there were no other supplies of weapons in the history of relations between Gabon and Russia and the USSR.